Today marks the 100th birthday of BKS Iyengar. I wanted to write a short thoughtful post commemorating his date of birth. Although I have never met him face-to-face, I feel that through his teachings and readings and constant study of his method he is like an old friend who is always there when I need him.
As I have said in previous posts, I feel very fortunate to have his signature on my diploma I received in 2013. That was the last year that he was able to sign any the diplomas, as he passed away in August the following year.
Because of his intense effort, yoga has flourished throughout the world. You cannot go to any major city in the world without finding somebody who teaches yoga in the Iyengar method. He has also pioneered a very clear set of teaching skills that when followed with hard work allows people to teach faithfully in his method. Luckily for all of us, his family has continued his tradition of teaching, ensuring that many future generations will reap the benefits of his hard labor. Thank you Mr. Iyengar for all that you have given us.